Bonfire Safety

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Fire Service have sent us the following advice about bonfires.  We hope you find it useful in keeping everyone safe at home...

It would be really helpful if people could avoid having bonfires during this coronavirus lockdown period. While we know that the current weather makes getting out in the garden very tempting, lots of the false alarms we attend are caused by bonfires. Equally, bonfires can get out of control very easily. Please help us to help you, by reducing any activity that could lead to us being called out.

Bonfires are very common in the summer, but they can get out of control very easily. If you want to burn off garden waste, here’s some safety advice:

•Site any bonfire well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures.

•Don’t light a bonfire on a windy day, as it could flare up more than you expect.

•Be courteous to your neighbours – if you’re planning a substantial bonfire, let them know, and stay with it at all times to ensure that it remains safe. In addition, the fumes from such fires may add to the respiratory difficulties of those suffering from the coronavirus

•Never use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to start a bonfire.

•Don’t burn foam filled furniture, aerosols, bottles or paints.

•Keep people, especially children away from the fire. If children are present, ensure they are supervised at all times

•Never leave a bonfire unattended

•Have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to get out of control.

•Always pour water over embers to ensure it’s fully extinguished before leaving it.

If a fire should get out of hand, call the Fire and Rescue Service at once by dialling 999.

Please share this information with friends and family, and check in with those who may be older and more vulnerable. If you would like any further advice please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or call 0800 032 1155.